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Limberlost

By: Robbie Arnott
Narrated by: Zoe Carides
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The third novel by the award-winning author of Flames and The Rain Heron, Limberlost is an extraordinary chronicle of life and land: of carnage and kindness, blood ties and love.

Ned West dreams of sailing across the river on a boat of his very own. To Ned, a boat means freedom–the fresh open water, squid-rich reefs, fires on private beaches–a far cry from life on Limberlost, the family farm, where his father worries and grieves for Ned's older brothers. They're away fighting in a ruthless and distant war, becoming men on the battlefield, while Ned–too young to enlist–roams the land in search of rabbits to shoot, selling their pelts to fund his secret boat ambitions.

But as the seasons pass and Ned grows up, real life gets in the way. Ned falls for Callie, the tough, capable sister of his best friend, and together they learn the lessons of love, loss, and hardship. When a storm decimates the Limberlost crop and shakes the orchard's future, Ned must decide what to protect: his childhood dreams, or the people and the land that surround him…

At turns tender and vicious, Limberlost is a tale of the masculinities we inherit, the limits of ownership and understanding, and the teeming, vibrant wonders of growing up. In the folkloric spirit of Max Porter's Lanny, Julia Armfield's Salt Slow and Paul Kingsnorth's Beast, this is an unforgettable love letter to the richness of the natural world from a writer of rare, spellbinding talent.

©2022 Robbie Arnott (P)2022 Wavesound from W. F. Howes Ltd

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Loved it.

The slow start but just got better and better. Not sure why it was read by a female narrator, but loved it all the same. Beautifully written Australian landscape & country characters.

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A beautiful book

I loved the language, the tone and the characters- a joy to listen to. The narrator had a calm and careful delivery style which was entirely consistent with the story.

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An endearing story

The story was well written with interwoven aspects which gave depth and texture to Ned’s life. These aspects, such as the quoll, the huon pine boat, provided long metaphors for life and how to deal with adversity.

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Beautiful storytelling

Beautiful narration that sat comfortably with the storyline, helping to slowly draw out the wandering Australian landscape and lovable characters. Beautiful writing.

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Literary fiction at its finest

Reminiscent of the bond between man and land in Lorna Doone or so many literary classics of a bygone era, Robbie weaves a delightful narration with authentic characters in an emotive story. We are immersed in a flora and fauna so beautifully captured. A joy to listen to spoken by a skilled narrator

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Story telling at its finest

It’s so easy to get lost in this book. I loved it all, the weaving of the main story of the whale from the beginning through to the end, over decades and old and new connections. The narration was also beautifully done.

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Excellent

Possibly the best story I’ve read/ listened to all year. Moving and compelling. I was taken in by the story line and the characters from the start.

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the written book may be better

the narrator sounded slurry , and slightly bored most of the time. and I couldn't get passed this. probably a very good book.

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Was a bit slow to start then I fell in love with it

Slow to start but then it hooked me. Beautifully written. Beautiful imagery and emotions.
Coming full circle with its ending.

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Laconic Australian story

I loved the story with Ned so many experienced for young life was trulr enamoured with the life of a family who cared for each other and their life on Limberlost

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